Secrets of What Makes Your Polling Place Work – Or Not 11/3/08

Conducting elections is complicated according to Amanda Ripley for Ripley cites several factors – most of which are variables rather than known elements — that contribute to the complexity: among them predicting voter turn out and the method for determining the number of voting machines to place in each precinct.

Training of poll workers varies tremendously from place to place. Regardless of the quality of the training they receive, poll workers are charged with a daunting responsibility. They work 16 or more hours and must perform a long list of tasks in a prescribed manner.

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